In 1455, Johannes Gutenberg did what no one had ever even thought off before .
He printed the first major book.
Books became the optimum source of information because they could finally be easily reproduced and shared.
From that day onwards, the printed book became the foundation of the educational publishing industry.
This was the last major innovation in the education industry.
Here we are, now entering 2019.
Tech savy students have now found a hack to almost everything.
More students are turning to used books, rentals, shared copies, illegal downloads, and other online sources.
The demand for alternatives like online learning content continues to grow.
In order to meet the online growing demand in a rapidly changing market, educators, students, and publishers need to evolve with time.
When a printed textbook needs to be updated the process of coming up with a new version 2.0 or a new edition is expensive and time consuming.
In an Ebook, however, content can be reused, revised, updated and shared as often as needed.
Ebooks have the potential to meet a very wide range of accessibility needs.
With the right format and the right construction, ebooks can offer:
• Colour/contrast changes.
• Text-to-speech support.
• Alternative texts for images/tables.
• Compatibility with assistive technology devices.
Ebooks with these features are accessible to a very wide range of users, including non-traditional readers like people with print disabilities .
Government of India is also playing it’s part to keep pace with digital revolution.
The HRD minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar launched the new digital initiative of HRD Ministry : ‘National Digital Library of India’ on the occasion of National Reading Day.
National Digital Library of India (NDLI) is a project of the Ministry of Human Resource Development under the aegis of National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT)
The objective of NDL is to make digital educational resources available to all citizens of the country to empower, inspire and encourage learning by the means of electronic media.
National Digital Library of India is developed by IIT Kharagpur.
NDL is the Single Window Platform that collects and collates metadata from premier learning institutions in India and abroad, as well as other sources of knowledge repositories
It is a digital repository containing:
7.fiction and all other kinds of learning media.
NDLI is a digital library that makes quality learning resources available to all learners and has 1.7 Crore content from more than 160 sources, in over 200 languages, everywhere and 30 lakh users are registered on NDL as on date and are expected to increase 10 times in a year – Source – PTI
NDLI is also working closely with European Foundation (Digital Library of EU) in creating a platform for content and technology exchange between many other digital libraries of the world.
NDLI has also become a member of RightsStatements.org and sits on its Steering Committee to promote proper dissemination of copyrighted and non-copyrighted digital heritage items.